A criminal record holds you back. Whether it’s rental applications, car loans, a mortgage, or a job search, your past conviction will show up in a background check and will strip you of many opportunities.
But it doesn’t have to stay that way. With help from Findley & Rogers, you may be able to, as a resident of the City or County of Yakima, expunge your criminal record.
If you meet these eligibility requirements, Findley & Rogers can help you get through the paperwork with the legal system in Yakima, expunge your criminal record, and take back control of your history.
To clear your criminal record in Yakima, the first requirement is that you have to complete the waiting period. This ranges from 3 to 10 years depending on the particulars of your case and is based on the idea that a conviction should punish you for some amount of time, and give you time to learn from your past and grow as a person.
The waiting period must be consecutive: 3 to 10 years with no new criminal convictions though it doesn’t have to be current. (In other words, if you went 3 to 10 years without committing a crime, but have more recently received a new criminal conviction, it may still be possible to vacate your old conviction.) However, you can’t have any actively pending criminal charges against you.
The next main requirement to expunge your criminal record in Yakima is that you have to do everything the court ordered you to do when you were convicted. This includes things like parole and probation, as well as fines, fees, and restitution that you were ordered to pay.
Unfortunately, these debts have to be repaid in full before expunging your criminal record, and you can’t get away from them through bankruptcy.
Some Crimes Can’t Be Expunged
State law doesn’t let you, as a resident of Yakima, clear your criminal record 100 percent of the time. That’s because not all crimes are eligible for expungement. You can’t expunge a Class A felony or a violent crime against another person.
However, the vast majority of criminal convictions in Washington are for less serious crimes than these, meaning there’s often a path forward.
Take Control of Your Record, Today!
Findley & Rogers believes in helping give folks another chance in life. You’ve paid your debts to society. A criminal conviction shouldn’t haunt you for the rest of your life. If you live in Yakima, expunge your criminal record with Findley & Rogers.
Get in touch with us today for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you take control of your criminal record and move on with your life. We also help with: